Openly tackling the issues facing all of us more notably than ever this year, The Acorns fuse broader topical hardship and concern with a deeply personal reference to life and the individual journey.
Heat Wave is a decidedly ambient track, soaked in reverb and leading with a dreamlike, somewhat alternative hip hop-meets-EDM aura. Woven in amidst this is the leading voice, recognisable in tone and attention-grabbing in its immediacy and suddenly poignant bars that pour through. Even the voice is washed in reverb though, giving the completed track more of a hypnotic, rhythmic and dreamlike feel than anything purely gritty and cutting for its political backbone. The balance works well.
While the overall sentiments lean towards peace – something that shines brightly as the song reaches its peak – there’s also plenty of difficulty, struggle, and some scathing truth-bombs to witness along the way. The single doesn’t reach the three-minute mark, but it manages to feel heavy, vast, and hit with impact regardless.
Conscious rap with a freestyle-esque progression and a creatively refreshing musicality. Ideas that have never been more relevant, intertwined with a clear level of personal identity and intention.